News 2014

26 Nov 2014

Financial Results for the nine months ended 30 September 2014

Amsterdam, 26th November 2014

Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC (LSE: NOG) (“Nostrum”, or “the Company”), an independent oil and gas company engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin, today announces its financial results for the nine month period ended 30th September 2014.

Highlights:

  • Average daily production for 9m 2014 of 45,204 boepd, above targeted annual average of 45,000 boepd.
  • Revenue of US$620.3 million, down 5.6% compared to 9m 2013 (US$657.2 million).
  • EBITDA of US$413.2 million, up 0.3% compared to 9m 2013 (US$412.0 million).
  • Cash position increased by 13% to US$516 million, including short-term deposits, (H1 2014 US$458.2 million).

 

Corporate Developments

  • Inclusion in the FTSE 250 index on the London Stock Exchange.
  • Fully funded for GTU3 completion and doubling of production by end of 2016.

Kai-Uwe Kessel, Chief Executive Officer of Nostrum Oil and Gas, commented:

“I am extremely pleased to announce the 9 month results which highlight the continued strong cash flow generation by Nostrum. Despite a falling oil price we have increased our cash position and maintained a low operating cost base. We continue to progress with our development programme, to double production by the end of 2016, which will allow us to further unlock the significant value of Nostrum’s reserve base. We will continue to monitor our costs closely, however, given our low cost base and existing hedge there is no need to alter our current development programme.”

 

Q3 2014: Nostrums continued stable results

In millions of US$ 
(unless mentioned otherwise)

Q3 2014 Q3 2013 Variance

Variance in %

Revenue 175.3 214.7 (39.4) (18.4)%
EBITDA  105.3 127.1 (21.8) (17.2)%
EBITDA margin 57.3% 59.2% (1.9)% (3.2)%
Cash Position 515.5 225.0 290.5 129.1%
Net Debt  431.5 427.0 4.5 1.1% 


9m 2014: Results

In millions of US$ 
(unless mentioned otherwise)

9m 2014 9m 2013 Variance

Variance in %

Revenue 620.3 657.2 (36.9) (5.6%)
EBITDA  413.2 412.0 1.2 0.3%
EBITDA margin 66.6% 62.7% 3.9% (6.2%)
Cash Position 515.5 225.0 290.5 129.1%
Net Debt  431.5 427.0 4.5 1.1%






 


Revenue, EBITDA and Profit for the period

Revenue from the sales of crude oil, stabilised condensate, LPG and dry gas stood at US$620.3 million with EBITDA at US$413.2 million. The EBITDA margin increased to 66.6% from 62.7% during 9m 2014. Profit for the period decreased to US$225.7 million (from US$267.1 million at 9m 2013).

Net Income

Net income for the period reduced to US$108.6 million from US$161.8 (9m 2013).


Cost of Sales

Cost of sales decreased by US$48.6 million to US$157.9 million for the nine months ended 30 September 2014 (9m 2013: US$206.5 million). This was due to a revision of the estimates related to the government profit share and royalties, in accordance with the recent supplement to the Chinarevskoye subsoil use rights and the change in the natural gas coefficient.

 

Cash

The total cash position at the end of 9M 2014 was US$515.5 million, which includes US$25 million of current investments (FY 2013: US$239.9 million).

 

Hedging Policy

In March 2014, Nostrum entered into a hedge equating to production of 7,500 barrels of oil per day. The Company used a zero cost capped collar with a floor price of US$85. The Company has covered the cost of the floor price by selling a call at US$112. This amount of upside given away has been capped by buying a call at US$118. There were no upfront costs to the Company for this structure. The option has a two-year maturity and is settled annually.

PRODUCTION SUMMARY

  • Total average daily production for 9m 2014 was 45,204 boepd (FY 2013: 46,178 boepd; 9m 2013: 45,414 boepd).
  • GTU 1&2 planned shutdown and maintenance for 9 days from 26th September.
  • 9m 2014 total average daily production was above the 2014 target of 45,000 boepd.
  • The production split for 9m 2014 was as follows:


Production Split

PRODUCTS

9m 2014
Average 
Production

9m 2014
Product Mix %
Crude Oil & Stabilised Condensate  19,038 boepd 42%
LPG (Liquid Petroleum Gas) 4,553 boepd 10%
Dry Gas 21,613 boepd 48%
TOTAL 45,204 boepd 100%


Drilling

Production & Appraisal

  • Fourteen oil wells and 15 gas condensate wells are currently producing at the Chinarevskoye field.
  • Three drilling rigs and one work-over rig are currently in operation at the Chinarevskoye field.
  • Five wells have been drilled during the first nine months of 2014.
  • Two additional wells have been drilled and are awaiting final preparation for frac treatment in 2015.
  • Three wells are currently being drilled, two of whichare expected to be completed before year-end.


Exploration

  • An extension to the exploration license for Chinarevskoye is still pending.


Exploration & Appraisal of Rostoshinskoye, Darzhinskoye and Yuzhno-Gremyachenskoye fields

  • A drilling contractor has been selected to drill one well in each field before the end of 2015.
  • Spudding of first well at Rostoshinskoye is planned for Q4 2014.
  • Amendments to subsoil use contracts (exploration term and work programs) are in progress.
     

GTU 1&2 Shutdown

The semi-annual planned GTU 1&2 shutdown occurred between 26th September and 5th October 2014, lasting a total of nine days. No further shutdowns of the GTU are scheduled for 2014.


Progress on development of GTU3

Nostrum has concluded the majority of the procurement contracts in relation to GTU3. The total commitments entered into by Nostrum relating to procurement are approximately US$150m.

In addition to the expenditures for procurement, on 28th July 2014 the Company entered into a US$150m construction contract for GTU3, following approval by Nostrum’s shareholders, with JSC “OGCC KazStroyService”.

GTU3 Expenditure  
Expenditure 2010-2013 US$25m
Expenditure up to 30 September 2014  US$53m
Total Expected expenditure in 2014 US$150m
Expected expenditure in 2015 US$220m
Expected expenditure in 2016 US$70m

 

The GTU3 project is expected to allow for the doubling of production to 100,000 boepd by the end of 2016.

Current product destinations

Nostrum’s primary export destinations for 2014 are as follows:

  • Crude oil – Neste Oil’s refinery in Finland 
  • Condensate – Russian Black Sea port of Taman and Neste Oil’s refinery in Finland 
  • LPG – Russian Black Sea ports


Inclusion in FTSE 250 Index

Nostrum’s ordinary shares were included in the FTSE 250 Index on 22nd September.


Cancellation of GDR Facility

The GDR facility formerly maintained for Nostrum Oil & Gas LP GDRs was cancelled as of 22nd September 2014.


Update on Kazakhstan Legal Proceeding

Nostrum’s wholly-owned operating subsidiary Zhaikmunai LLP (“Zhaikmunai”) continues its challenge in the courts of the findings of a tax audit of Zhaikmunai for the period 2009-2011 undertaken by the Kazakh tax authorities in 2013 (referred to in the H1 2014 update). On 30 October 2014 the Supreme Court issued a preliminary order in which it declined to review in detail the findings of a lower court that Zhaikmunai is obliged to pay US$3.4m in taxes and which disallowed reimbursable expenses of US$11.5m for CIT and US$69.7m for Zhaikmunai’s government share calculation. Zhaikmunai is currently considering filing a petition with the General Prosecutor to request that the Supreme Court reconsider its decision. The taxes due have already been paid by Zhaikmunai in Q1 of 2014 and therefore have not impacted the 3Q results.


Nostrum’s Q3 2014 investor and analyst call

Nostrum’s management team will be available for a Q&A session with analysts and investors at 14.00 GMT today, 26 November. Please click on the following link to register for the call: Conference Call Registration – ID 29207886.
A presentation will be available in advance on our website. http://www.nog.co.uk

 

PUBLICATIONS

Download: Nostrum's 9M 2014 Results Presentation

Download: Nostrum's 9M 2014 Financial Statements


Further information

For further information please visit www.nog.co.uk

Further enquiries

Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC – Investor Relations

Kirsty Hamilton-Smith
Bruno G. Meere
+44 203 740 7430
ir@nog.co.uk

Instinctif Partners - UK

Tony Friend
David Simonson
Anca Spiridon
Catherine Wickman
+ 44 (0) 207 457 2020

Promo Group Communications – Kazakhstan

Asel Karaulova
+ 7 (727) 264 67 37

 

About Nostrum Oil & Gas 

Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC is an independent oil and gas company currently engaging in the production, development and exploration of oil and gas in the pre-Caspian Basin. Its shares are listed on the London Stock Exchange (ticker symbol: NOG). The principal producing asset of Nostrum Oil & Gas PLC is the Chinarevskoye field, in which it holds a 100% interest and is the operator through its wholly-owned subsidiary Zhaikmunai LLP. In addition, Nostrum Oil & Gas holds a 100% interest in and is the operator of the Rostoshinskoye, Darinskoye and Yuzhno-Gremyachenskoye oil and gas fields through the same subsidiary. Located in the pre-Caspian basin to the north-west of Uralsk, these exploration and development fields are situated approximately 60 and 120 kilometres respectively from the Chinarevskoye field.

Forward-Looking Statements 

Some of the statements in this document are forward-looking. Forward-looking statements include statements regarding the intent, belief and current expectations of the Partnership or its officers with respect to various matters. When used in this document, the words “expects,” “believes,” “anticipates,” “plans,” “may,” “will,” “should” and similar expressions, and the negatives thereof, are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are not promises or guarantees, and are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause actual outcomes to differ materially from those suggested by any such statements.

No part of this announcement constitutes, or shall be taken to constitute, an invitation or inducement to invest in the Company or any other entity, and shareholders of the Company are cautioned not to place undue reliance on the forward-looking statements. Save as required by the Listing Rules and applicable law, the Company does not undertake to update or change any forward-looking statements to reflect events occurring after the date of this announcement.